Additional Information about the dLCV Foundation Board of Directors will be coming soon.
Stephen Piepgrass is an associate at Troutman Sanders, in the firm’s Consumer Financial Services group with a primary focus in the Enforcement Actions & Investigations and the State Attorneys General practices where he represents clients interacting with and being investigated by state Attorneys General and other enforcement bodies.
Piepgrass primarily represents and advises clients in a variety of industries and government entities, including consumer financial services entities involved in legal and administrative proceedings and investigations. He also handles appellate cases and has appeared on brief in appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals of Virginia, and in various courts reviewing administrative decisions.
Piepgrass previously served on the Board of Strategies to Elevate People (STEP), a group that works with underprivileged youth and families primarily in Gilpin Court.
Stacy Ruble began her grants career in 1995 as a grants administrator for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Since then she has written and reviewed hundreds of grants for state, federal, and foundations. Currently she owns a grant consulting business, providing grant writing and prospecting services for clients, and conducting grant training across the country. In her previous job at the state sexual and domestic violence coalition, she successfully wrote and conducted a statewide grant promoting access to sexual and domestic violence services for people with disabilities.
Ruble has an MS in Family Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a BA in psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Darrel Tillar Mason is a civil rights attorney and was the founder of the Center for Special Education Advocacy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving families of disabled children experiencing challenges in securing an appropriate education. She was appointed to the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy Board in 2010, became Vice Chair in 2011, and Chair in 2012. She is also the founding President of the disAbility Law Center of Virginia Foundation.
Mason serves on the Virginia State Bar Council, appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia. In 2015 was nominated and selected to be honored as a Virginia Law Foundation Fellow, a distinction reserved for those deemed “outstanding in their profession and in their community.” In 2012 Mason was nominated to receive the highest award bestowed by the Diversity Conference of the Virginia State Bar for her dedication to the promotion of civil rights. In 2011, she was recognized as the Goochland Chamber of Commerce “Volunteer of the Year.” In 2008, Mason was honored as a “Virginia Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, and was recognized by the Virginia State Bar for her work on various Bar committees. She serves on the Board of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association and has served as both Treasurer and President as well as editor of VWAA’s legal journal. Mason formerly served as Vice President of the State Board of Education and Chaired the state’s Council on the Status of Women, both gubernatorial appointments.
Mason frequently presents seminars on legal topics and has published numerous articles on a variety of legal, ethical and social issues. Her educational credentials include earning a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree, both from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Dr. Gewanter is a pediatrician and pediatric rheumatologist who has practiced in Richmond, Virginia for almost three decades. A graduate of Duke University and Wayne State University Medical School, he received his general pediatric and pediatric rheumatology training at the University of Rochester. He has been actively involved in national, state and local professional, community, and disability organizations. These have included the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, the national American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Children with Disabilities, a variety of volunteer positions within the national and Mid-Atlantic Region Arthritis Foundation, and the first Walter E. Bundy, Jr Clinical Professor of Community Pediatrics at the Medical College of Virginia. As a result of both his personal and professional interests and experiences, his practice has evolved over the years into primarily caring for children and youth with disabilities and special health care needs.
Beyond personally advocating for his patients, Gewanter helped co-found Medical Home Plus, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization that provides information, support and referrals for families of children and youth with any disability. One of its primary activities is working with families who are having difficulties working with their school system. Since three of his four children had IEPs, he lived through the many challenges parents and children with disabilities or chronic health problems face within the public school system. These experiences have resulted in a desire to help other families undergo fewer difficulties than those of his children and family.
Dr. Kathy Matthews is the Executive Director of Education at The Faison School for Autism in Richmond, Virginia. In this capacity, Matthews maintains affiliations with the Applied Behavior Analysis program at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY and the Department of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD. She also serves as the CABAS® Senior Behavior Analyst at Faison overseeing educational services, research, new program development, training, and outreach. Matthews currently holds an Adjunct teaching position at Teachers College and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Matthews obtained her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from Teachers College Columbia University where she also taught courses and mentored graduate students. While in New York, Matthews worked as an ABA Program Supervisor at The Fred S. Keller School and Shema Kolainu. She also served as a Licensed Teacher for the BOCES program in NY and as a Behavior Analyst Consultant to the CABAS® home programs and to the Jigsaw School in Surrey, England. Further, Matthews conducted numerous presentations at professional conferences and has been involved in research since 2001 on the topics of Verbal Behavior, Metaphor, Teacher Training, Peer Tutoring, and CABAS® Systems.
CW Tillman has been active in disability rights advocacy for more than 12 years. Tillman had substantial experience volunteering with protection and advocacy agencies in New Mexico and in Virginia, and otherwise working with and advocating for individuals with mental illness. Tillman has been very active in suicide prevention efforts as a member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Suicide Attempt Survivors Taskforce. Tillman currently works for Employment Solutions for Deaf and Hard of Hearing as a Job Mentor and as the Director of Outreach for a grant project providing healthcare advocacy for the Deaf community.
Colleen Miller has served as the Executive Director of Virginia’s Protection and Advocacy System since 2003. When the P & A was the state agency “VOPA,” Miller managed the organization of 25 -30 staff through notable legal victories. Most significant was the US Supreme Court decision, VOPA v. Stewart, in 2011, that established the agency’s right to sue to obtain specific confidential information from the state about abuse allegations. In 2012 and 2013, she lead the agency through a smooth transition out of state government to private nonprofit status, the disAbility Law Center of Virginia.
Prior to her work in Virginia, Miller was the Legal Director of the New Mexico Protection and Advocacy System. A cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Miller began her legal career as an Honors Program staff attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice. She was a trial attorney in the Special Litigation section and a senior trial attorney in the Office of the Americans with Disabilities Act (now the Disability Rights Section) at DOJ.
Miller is a frequent presenter on disability rights topics at national and state conferences. She was honored as one of Virginia’s “most influential women” in 2013.